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How to Make Mismatched Furniture Look Great

We don’t always buy our furniture in sets. Over the years, we tend to collect a hodgepodge of different pieces that we’re not really sure what to do with. Thankfully, when it’s done well, mismatched furniture can bring a lot of personality and interest to a space. Read more for our top tips on how to make mismatched furniture look great in three rooms of the home. For even more decorating ideas, check out QC Design School’s Interior Decorating course.

Don't let mismatched furniture get you down

Living Room

The accessory options for the living room make it the easiest to work with mismatched furniture. You want to create visual balance in the space, so use accessories and textiles to pull everything together. For example, if your couch is green and your chair is blue, toss a blue throw pillow on the couch, or vice versa. Repeat the same accent colors in your artwork or curtains to create a unified look. Patterns also work well to tie all the colors in.

Dining Room

If you’re using all different dining room chairs, there is one rule to keep in mind – height. If the chairs are all different heights, it will start to look messy very quickly. To don’t need to collect six different chairs to create a mismatched look. Just have two or three that stand apart, either using paint color, cushions, or style. If your dining set is wood, make sure the stains on the table and the chairs complement one another.


You can take a few more liberties when decorating with mismatched furniture in the bedroom because for the most part, you’re the only one who gets to see it. However, if your bed frame, dresser, and night stand are all different shades of wood (like light and dark), it might be too much of a miss to look pleasing. Paint the furniture all the same color, or different colors to create your own unique color scheme. Again, use accessories like pillows and hardware to tie it all together.